Companies / Organizations / Foundations

The Nordic Frugal Innovation Society, FINLAND

TNFIS

The Nordic Frugal Innovation Society is a non profit association registered in Finland. TNFIS wants businesses to respond to limitations in resources; whether financial, material or institutional, and turn these constraints into innovative ideas and practical solutions.

We believe that slow growth or no growth in developed economies along with environmental constraints, rapidly ageing societies and various structural problems will increase demands for more frugal models of production and consumption and will require radical new models in areas such as health care, social care and other aspects that affect directly or indirectly everyday life. This will increase demands for frugal innovation techniques along with the products and services associated with them.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USA

Bill & Melinda Gates

We are focused on the areas of greatest need, on the ways in which we can do the most good.From poverty to health, to education, our areas of focus offer the opportunity to dramatically improve the quality of life for billions of people. So we build partnerships that bring together resources, expertise, and vision—working with the best organizations around the globe to identify issues, find answers, and drive change.

IDEO, USA

IDEO

IDEO is an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centered, design-based approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow. We identify new ways to serve and support people by uncovering latent needs, behaviors, and desires. We envision new companies and brands, and we design the products, services, spaces, and interactive experiences that bring them to life. We help organizations build creative culture and the internal systems required to sustain innovation and launch new ventures.

The Rockefeller Foundation, USA

Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission—unchanged since 1913—is to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Today, we pursue this mission through dual goals: advancing inclusive economies that expand opportunities for more broadly shared prosperity, and building resilience by helping people, communities and institutions prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses. To achieve these goals, we work at the intersection of four focus areas—advance health,revalue ecosystems, secure livelihoods, and transform cities—to address the root causes of emerging challenges and create systemic change. Together with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation strives to catalyze and scale transformative innovations, create unlikely partnerships that span sectors, and take risks others cannot.

Continuum, USA

Continuum

Diverse, Disciplined, Dynamic: Continuum is a global innovation and design consultancy. For three decades, the company focus has been to help organizations drive business innovation through the design of products, services and experiences that become part of the fabric of people’s lives.

Hyperakt Studio, USA

Hyper

Hyperakt is a social impact design studio that seeks projects that allow them to create meaningful design for the common good. “To boil it down,” Deroy said, “we try to help change-makers tell their story…We need to identify with the mission of our clients to feel like we’re doing something that’s a positive contribution to the world.” If you’re wondering whether that makes work hard to come by, the answer is no. There are just as many ‘big clients’ in the non-profit sector as there are anywhere else. In fact, Hyperakt regularly turns down jobs simply because the client’s mission isn’t in line with their own. “It’s a lot easier to make something awesome when you believe in what you’re doing,” said Deroy.

Loop Studio, CANADA

Loop Studio

A small but mighty creative studio with aspirations to improve the world through design.

Engineers without borders, CANADA

Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders helps people in developing countries use technology to improve their lives.

It is a social change incubator for people, ventures and ideas. We spark and accelerate systemic innovations in Canada and Africa that have the potential to radically disrupt the systems that allow poverty to persist.

Osisu Contemporary Vernacular Design Studio, THAILAND

Osisu

OSISU produces functional art that integrates local crafts and skilled carpentry with contemporary aesthetics. Each model of OSISU is pure passion, hand-crafted from materials left to waste at construction sites, manufacturing facilities or local communities.

New Cities Foundation, FRANCE

New Cities Foundation

We envision a world where cities drive economic, social and environmental progress.

Our mission is to shape a better urban future for all by generating and scaling ideas and solutions through events, research and urban innovation projects.

In all of our activities, we work with leaders from business, government, academia, civil society, the media and the arts.

Together Agency, BRAZIL

Together Brazil

Together is an agency based in São Paulo, Brazil, with an office in Rio de Janeiro, focused on unleashing social change by mobilizing and engaging people, companies, and organizations in causes of high social impact.

Its specialties are creative content development, social engagement strategy, organizational and brand strategy, digital platform design and implementation